The food campaign closes on May 14th 2013 with US$61,998.43 raised that fed Riverkids' children for the past one year.
In preparation of our upcoming campaign on GlobalGiving, we're interviewing our children and families in Cambodia, looking into nutrition and diet of our children coming for meals at our centres and budgeting. We're working with a volunteer in Singapore and photographer in Cambodia to put together a video to show you what we're doing in Cambodia.
We've piloted some programs and are really excited to share with you how a particular program has been working very well to help our families in crisis to cross over to a brighter future. We learn that we can cover this gap with an aid that will see them through a temporary crisis so none will be lost during this crucial period.
Thank you and see you again on GlobalGiving Bonus Day, June 12th 2013.
Because you’ve been so amazing – today, we are closing our food fundraising campaign on GlobalGiving.
You’ve helped to fulfill the destiny of nearly 600 children with daily meals at a whopping US$61,308. This is simply astounding.
During the past 11 months, your generosity had done more than just filling the tummies of our children before they head off to school.
They had meals and snacks in the afternoon and our Weekly Boarders had dinner. Our children were able to focus in class, learn more and have a good play break instead of going to bed hungry.
It freed up their parents’ income to pay for utilities, rental, medical and emergency needs. They were able to forgo a little income to attend our skills training for a sustainable livelihood because someone, you, made it a point to feed their children.
We were able to give cash to a group of families to buy rice, extra eggs, fish sauce and noodles. These are people in our programs whom we’ve identified as highly critical and needing our help most during severe crises at home.
We managed to stretch the dollar due to discounts that the local markets gave to our housemothers for the bulk purchase of ingredients.
All in all, we spent less and got more; we reached more children with less money; and we impacted the children’s parents and siblings, which brought about financial and psychological stability in their families.
What an enormous difference you’ve made by feeding our children in Cambodia.
And get ready for the good news: because you’ve been incredibly generous on last year’s Bonus Day, Riverkids has been promoted from Partner to Superstar status on GlobalGiving. This means that when our new food campaign is up on June 12th 2013, GlobalGiving will match your online donations made on their website to Riverkids of up to US$1000 per person with, not 30%, but 50% bonus! This will continue until the bonus money is fully exhausted.
We will share more details with you about this wonderful campaign that is made possible with GlobalGiving’s generosity and your tremendous support in our upcoming emails prior to the big day.
In the meantime, we’ve attached a recipe specially prepared by a lovely Cambodian lady living in Singapore for a fabulous dish called Nom Banh Samlor Khmer, a Cambodian soup noodle that tells you how warmly grateful we are to you for being such a superb donor!
Catch up soon.
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It’s amazing how much our children in Cambodia have benefited from your giving.
Being in Cambodia in February this year was the best chance I could see for myself how our skinny little ones have grown chubby. Watching them play chase while others climb and collapse on one another just makes me chortle like them. The most rewarding part is to learn that more children are able to make it to high school and two have gone to the university. They’ve come a long way, so has your donation.
Our food campaign started on Global Giving in June 2012. Your generous giving and Global Giving’s 30% bump provided much more. In three months’ time, our project would have been on Global Giving for one year and we hope we’ll reach the $64,000 target that fully funds meals for all our children.
If you have someone in mind who could help us reach that goal, it’d be great if you could ask them to partner us to make this come true. This means keeping our children off the streets and families together. Thank you very much for your support.
Riverkids has four centres set amidst the Phnom Penh slums. Each morning, children line up to get their breakfast and then in the afternoon, snacks and fruit.
Our Weekly Boarding kids have three meals a day at our first site, Alexandra. The boarding is a temporary shelter for abused children who reunite with their families after the crisis is over.
Some of the children come to the centre for extra classes, others have to be home to look after a younger sibling, but all these tell us that they are alright. We’re seeing them flourishing with meals and school, so finishing school is not very far away, all because you chose to help.
We see our programs work – last week, a girl spoke up about her mom trying to sell her. She dared to believe that her sharing with our social workers will turn her fate around. This is bravery in the middle of harsh realities.
Two children whom we’ve been supporting to school are going to University. For the very first time in our Cambodian slums, we are seeing our kids making it very far. They’re aiming higher and higher because with your support, they’re beginning to see that their dreams and goals are within their reach.
Thank you very much for supporting Riverkids’ food program.
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Today, I read again, the love story of Chau and Kim and I felt as if I’m reading it for the first time.
A young hopeful lady, Chau, who traveled from Vietnam to Cambodia to look for a job found herself betrayed, sold to a brothel and trapped in a fake debt.
She met a young man, also from Vietnam and confided her story in him. Over time, they fell in love.
Kim worked hard, paid off her debt and freed her. They got married and raised a family, making promising plans for their children’s future.
Then, Kim lost his job at the blacksmith and his new job paid less, so they had to take their children out of school. It soon became a struggle to feed their children especially when Chau was pregnant with their fifth child.
Reluctantly, Chau decided to secretly return to her old job as a sex worker, without letting her husband know. This helped the family financially for a while until Chau began to feel weak, she grew sicker and later learned that she was HIV positive.
Riverkids connected them to an NGO that helps HIV positive people and put her son on antiretroviral medication for free. We helped them navigate the medical system, supported the family with food and enrolled their oldest children in our school programs.
Their oldest daughter, Nyla excelled at school and Riverkids chose her as one of our Smartypants Scholarship students. Things appeared well as Chau’s condition improved and with Kim’s steady job as a tuktuk driver, but it took a turn.
As Kim was driving home two days after Christmas, a car slammed into his tuktuk. The surgery was late. Kim died.
Chau was confronted with the thought of returning to sex work, or worse, to sell Nyla. Grieving, she decided to return to Vietnam with her little children to her mother’s house and later on, she found a job at a bakery shop.
She decided to leave Nyla in Riverkids’ Weekly Boarding so she can have school. Nyla has made great strides and many friends with challenges like her, and together they thrive with school and meals. A bright future is within their reach.
Food is core in ensuring that our education programs run effectively. Children who are properly fed are able to concentrate in class and learn more. They can enjoy their favourite playtime and have a better chance to graduate from school.
A sandwich in the morning and a full bowl of rice with pork and vegetable soup make a huge difference. Thanks to many donors who saw this and supported our food program. With $64,000, we’ll be able to see over 600 children at Riverkids fed for the year and safe from child labour, illegal adoption and sex trafficking. Please help us to feed the children.
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